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Re: Where the inspiration comes from ?

by nikita (Initiate)
on Mar 14, 2002 at 16:03 UTC ( #151714=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Where the inspiration comes from ?

There was a Sunday's New York Times article about that topic two weeks ago. It said that you often need to take a break from what you doing no matter how important a job. While this might seems waste of time to some, what you're actually doing is allowing your self to absorb the information you've just learned. Ideas come from all places. Archamedes came up with some of his ideas in the bath tub. As for inspiration, most people set little or big goals for themselves if they feel like their work is going no where. I, for example, am going through with graduate school with the intention of buying a Porsche. Don't get me wrong I love what I'm doing (computer science). I also have days where I sit at night thinking what the hell I've been doing all these years and is what I'm doing making me happy.

nikita ruziv

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Isaac Asimov Anecdote - Re: Re: Where the inspiration comes from ?
by metadoktor (Hermit) on Mar 14, 2002 at 17:06 UTC
    As an aside, Isaac Asimov would sometimes bring up the story of Archimedes, crying Eureka after solving the density of solids problem via water displacement, when he was trying to explain what he would do when he got stuck. Basically, Asimov would claim that to get past a rut he would watch a totally and completely brainless movie. Yeah, the kind that has no plot and just action. A Schwarzeneggar or Steven Segal movie would fit this bill. Anyway, after seeing a mindless movie and NOT thinking of his problem he would miraculously find the solution to his problem afterwards, as if his subconscious mind was solving the problem in the background. So his claim was that when you're under crunch time and need to solve a problem immediately and you're having trouble coming up with a solution is the exact time that you need to take a break to let your mind figure things out even though its counter-intuitive to do something like that.

    For myself, I will step away and do something totally unrelated or mindless or even think while walking to change my perspective on some problem.

    Your Mileage May Vary.


    "The doktor is in."

      brilliant or not, Asimov is first and foremost a human man. he has insights and vices particular to his disposition and might not fit another particular human man or woman. i had dinner with he, his wife and daughter at a fine French restaurant at a conference where he was to be the guest speaker. most men get the best inspiration from that intersection beyond time and space. each person has a threshold intersection, for some it might be the power of nature and for many it is the extended nothing of a perfect organism. live well play well come up with great ideas!

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